We ENGAGE Workers in Safety
Did you know that not every ache or pain requires a physician? In fact, 90 – 95% of all reports of discomfort can be addressed effectively without medical treatment.
We help your employees who are experiencing musculoskeletal symptoms but have not yet experienced an actual injury. We work with you to help keep your employee injury-free and on the job. This interactive process serves as a catalyst that engages workers in their own health and safety as well as their co-workers.
Experts in Musculoskeletal Health and Movement
What is Early Intervention?
Preventing an “Ache” from Becoming a “Pain”
Early Intervention (EI) is an onsite service for employees who are experiencing muscular symptoms of discomfort, soreness, stiffness, numbness, tingling or pain. Assessing and treating these symptoms at the point of discomfort is a key focus of the program. EI keeps employees healthy and safe at work, which allows them to enjoy their lives when they go home.
Our EI program promotes early reporting of symptoms (i.e., pain, cramping, spasms, muscle or joint stiffness, muscle fatigue, and minor sprains and strains) to allow for immediate and effective OSHA-approved first aid intervention strategies.
Symptoms are evaluated by our EI specialist, who is a licensed healthcare professional (physical therapist or athletic trainer). The EI specialist will listen and work with the employee to address the reported symptoms.
Our EI Specialists create employee engagement through observing and coaching employees at their work site to correct the potential root causes of the discomfort. One-on-one job coaching reinforces the intervention strategies. Awareness training is provided for use of safe body mechanics, posture, and work technique. Use of soft tissue massage and preventative exercises may be utilized to assist in resolution of the reported symptoms.
The process may also include a job assessment to review tasks for job demands and proper ergonomics. Recommendations regarding work technique modification (job coaching), OSHA-approved first-aid treatment, ergonomic interventions or education are determined. Follow-up occurs on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to assess improvement. Be proactive and keep an “ache” from becoming a “pain”!
Examples of EI Interventions include: Orthopedic Assessment, Ice or Heat, Over the counter medicines, Education, Stretching and Strengthening, Soft Tissue Massage, Job Assessment, Ergonomics, and Job Coaching.
Early Intervention Addresses Symptoms and Causes
Face-to-Face Personal Care
Our EI specialists provide your employees face-to-face personal care within your facility to address their discomfort and teach them how to avoid injury. Our EI specialists are either licensed Physical Therapists or Athletic Trainers who have significant experience in evaluating and managing musculoskeletal conditions. We provide onsite support for what you need to accomplish your goals.
Our EI specialists follow up to ensure open action items with a worker are resolved. Our commitment is to keep your people injury-free and your business on track. Early Intervention is a valuable tool for employers to get ahead of injuries and keep their employees healthy, safe, and productive.
Address Symptoms and Causes
In many situations, employee discomfort can be effectively addressed using only OSHA-approved first aid interventions. We provide the expertise and intervention strategies needed to protect your employees, remain compliant and achieve success. The first step involves our EI specialist meeting with your employee and listening to their concerns.
The EI specialist will assess the situation and determine a proper course of action using the appropriate first-aid intervention strategies. Guidance is provided on use of ice or heat, over-the-counter medications, work technique/posture, stretching, and rest/recovery strategies. We will observe job tasks of concern and provide Job Coaching so the employee is using proper work techniques – including ergonomic recommendations.